MALIBU, California – Probably the most wonderful factor in regards to the $2.1 million Rimac Nevera is how straightforward it’s to simply get in and drive.
The Nevera is an electrical hypercar from Croatia. It sits low — very low — to the bottom, and at first look it appears to be like like the straightforward act of stepping into it may very well be difficult. However the doorways, which carry up and out form of like a Lamborghini’s, reduce into the roof simply sufficient to make sure that I do not bump my head as I drop myself into the motive force’s seat.
Getting underway does take a bit little bit of studying. Gears are shifted with an enormous knob to the left of the steering wheel, the facility seat’s changes are hidden in a touchscreen, and switches for the flip alerts and headlights are mounted instantly on the steering wheel. However as soon as you have acquired that down, it is easy to function.
The entire automotive is like that — easy to function — its 1,914 horsepower however.
One of many first issues I observed as we acquired underway is that it is easy to see out of the Nevera. That is not a given with automobiles like this. For instance, in Ferraris and Lamborghinis and different low-slung freeway rockets, it is typically a problem to see what’s behind you. However whereas the Nevera is unquestionably low slung, there’s simply sufficient of a rear window to make it straightforward to drive in freeway site visitors. Good facet mirrors actually assist with that.
There’s additionally simply sufficient mechanical noise to remind you that you simply’re in a hypercar. There might not be an engine, however there are 4 electrical motors they usually make mellifluous mechanical sounds because the automotive strikes down the highway. Not so loud that I could not converse with my passenger, Rimac’s Ryan Lanteigne, in an affordable speaking voice. It’s simply loud sufficient to remind us that we’re driving in one thing particular.
And the Nevera could be very particular certainly — appropriately for its simply over $2 million asking value. You will see why within the video.
The Rimac story
Rimac — pronounced REE-mahtz, roughly — is Croatia’s first and solely automaker. Its 35-year-old founder, Mate (MAH-ta) Rimac, began tinkering with electrical automobiles after he blew the engine in an previous BMW he raced as a young person. After rebuilding it with an electrical drivetrain — and successful some races, moreover — he based Rimac Automobili in 2009, hoping to someday construct an electrical supercar in his dwelling nation.
Though Rimac the corporate’s first years have been a wrestle, Mate’s timing turned out to be wonderful on reflection, with automakers world wide transferring to impress their fleets.
Rimac’s early prototypes have been spectacular sufficient to draw important investments from Hyundai and Porsche, and it raised one other 500 million euros (or about $534 million) final 12 months. These served as the inspiration of what’s now a thriving enterprise consulting to conventional automakers keen to construct high-performance EVs. Aston Martin and Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg are amongst Rimac’s shoppers, together with a lot of others that the corporate says it could actually’t but disclose.
The Nevera is known as for the fierce summer time storms that roll into Croatia from the Adriatic Sea. (Rimac workers prefer to say that neveras — the storms — are “extraordinarily highly effective and charged by lightning,” similar to their automotive.)
The Nevera (the automotive) serves each as a rolling show of Rimac’s EV experience and because the supercar that Mate Rimac has lengthy dreamed of constructing. It is a four-motor design — one for every wheel — with a 120 kilowatt-hour battery pack, sufficient for about 300 miles of vary below regular driving circumstances.
4 motors and a cravat
However there’s nothing regular in regards to the Nevera’s energy output. These 4 motors give it a complete of 1,914 horsepower, and a pair of,360 newton-meters of torque — sufficient for a high velocity of 258 miles per hour. Zero to 60 miles per hour takes simply 1.74 seconds, in accordance with Rimac.
I did not confirm that point with any nice accuracy, however I can attest that such an influence thrust is believable. As pleasant as it’s to drive in site visitors, the Nevera is sort of unbelievably fast when totally uncorked. But it surely by no means feels uncontrollable, and that is a major engineering achievement.
Much more spectacular, albeit extra refined, is the way in which these 4 motors work collectively. The automotive’s programs modify every motor’s energy output 100 instances a second to make sure optimum dealing with second to second. Or, put one other approach, the Nevera blasts by means of and out of tight corners with out hesitation. That is a trick that different supercars can solely emulate with braking.
It is an much more spectacular trick given the automotive’s weight, round 5,100 kilos. However as exhausting because it could be to imagine, that weight is so effectively packaged, with the batteries mounted low and near the Nevera’s heart, that it is hardly noticeable. (After all, the large energy on faucet helps.)
It is a handsome automotive, too, low and radical however not excessive. Civilized. It is well-made, with flawless carbon fiber on the skin and cozy leather-based all through the inside. Croatia would not have a practice of automotive making, however the Nevera does mirror some nationwide pleasure: Along with the automotive’s title, the intakes on its sides are styled to resemble a cravat, the ancestor of the fashionable necktie — a Croatian invention relationship to the sixteenth century.
The Nevera begins at 2 million euros, or simply over $2.1 million. If that is in your value vary, communicate up quickly. Rimac says it plans to construct simply 150 of them.